Based in Amsterdam, the Concertgebouworkest was founded in 1888 and officially received the appellation ‘Royal’ on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is patroness. The Concertgebouworkest is one of the very best orchestras in the world due to its unique sound and stylistic flexibility. An important factor leading to the consistent quality is the influence exerted on the orchestra by its chief conductors, of which there have been only seven since the orchestra was founded in 1888: Willem Kes, Willem Mengelberg, Eduard van Beinum, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Mariss Jansons and, from September 2016 to August 2018, Daniele Gatti.
In addition to some ninety concerts performed at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, forty concerts are given at leading concert halls throughout the world each year. The Concertgebouworkest has its own in-house label and helps develop talent through the Academy of the Concertgebouworkest, the European youth orchestra Young, collaborative efforts with other institutions and organising masterclasses.
The Concertgebouworkest is co-funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Municipality of Amsterdam, sponsors, funds and numerous donors all over the world. The largest portion of its income is generated by proceeds from the concerts it gives in and outside the Netherlands.